Storm Clean up Continues Days Later

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The cleanup continues days after a violent windstorm swept across the commonwealth, causing damage and widespread power outages.

While the storm was brief, residents and city officials now know it will take much longer than expected to clean up the debris.

Dozens of streets remain closed in Roanoke after fallen trees have become hazardous for drivers.

Roadsides throughout southwest Virginia continue to be littered with broken tree limbs and other obstacles from the storm, which is keeping Roanoke City workers clocking in extra hours.

Roanoke City urban forester Dan Henry is in charge of the clean up. He says the crews are working diligently to get the job done.

"Our priority is clearing roadways to make those safe for motorists, and then when that is complete, we move on side streets, driveways and even trees which have fallen on personal property," Henry said.

While everyone is working together, its not an easy task to take on.

"Even though a storm like this one only hit for few minutes, it could take days, weeks or even months to clean up."

Henry urges people to drive cautiously and obey traffic closings. But above all he asks for patience and understanding knowing that the city is working hard to get the streets cleaned up.


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